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The Customer Magazine of the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group Issue 3/<strong>2019</strong> 44th Year/No. 209<br />

Off to the glacier<br />

paradise<br />

A 3S lift to the Kitzsteinhorn<br />

Trend toward<br />

year-round<br />

tourism<br />

Experiencing the mountains<br />

365 days a year<br />

Unrivaled safety<br />

standard<br />

Rope position monitoring system<br />

RPD Nexo<br />

32-TGD 3K K-onnection, Kaprun Salzburg (AUT)<br />

© Kitzsteinhorn

2 Contents<br />

© Kitzsteinhorn<br />

11<br />

6<br />

Taking advantage of the summer season<br />

Ropeways play a major role in enabling people to experience mountains<br />

and regions throughout the year.<br />

3K K-onnection on the Kitzsteinhorn<br />

Salzburg’s fi rst ultramodern tricable gondola lift,<br />

the 3K K-onnection, is the centerpiece of the link<br />

between Kaprun and the Kitzsteinhorn.<br />

24<br />

14<br />

D-Line double act<br />

Since November <strong>2019</strong>, two new D-Line chairlifts with<br />

fi rst-class comfort have been bringing passengers to the slopes<br />

in Ischgl and Samnaun.<br />

Doppelmayr Canada<br />

For almost 60 years, the North American subsidiary has been<br />

an important partner: as a production facility, for innovations<br />

and for world records.

Foreword<br />

3<br />

A new era<br />

“With my new role on the board and the appointment<br />

of new executive directors, it’s a<br />

logical step to hand over the <strong>WIR</strong> editorial to<br />

Thomas and István as part of this change.”<br />

Michael Doppelmayr, Chairman of the Board<br />

of Directors, Doppelmayr Holding SE<br />

From left to right: Hanno Ulmer, Thomas Pichler, István Szalai and Michael Doppelmayr.<br />

It’s exactly 15 years and 46 issues since our <strong>WIR</strong> customer magazine underwent a comprehensive<br />

makeover in terms of design and layout. Throughout this period, Michael Doppelmayr<br />

has used the editorial to provide readers with a foretaste of items covered in each magazine<br />

and current topics of interest for the company.<br />

“One of our key concerns was to entrust<br />

management of the Group to someone who<br />

knows and will continue to uphold the values<br />

we have established. In Thomas Pichler and<br />

István Szalai we have found worthy successors<br />

and know we are passing the baton into<br />

safe hands.”<br />

Hanno Ulmer, Deputy Chairman of the Board<br />

of Directors, Doppelmayr Holding SE<br />

This is now the fi rst issue of <strong>WIR</strong> to be published since the change in management at Doppelmayr<br />

Holding SE. A new top management also means a change for the <strong>WIR</strong> editorial.<br />

After almost 25 years together at the head of the Doppelmayr Group, Hanno Ulmer and<br />

Michael Doppelmayr are to take on non-executive roles on the board of Doppelmayr Holding SE.<br />

At the end of September <strong>2019</strong>, they handed over the reins as executive directors of Doppelmayr<br />

Holding SE to Thomas Pichler and István Szalai, who will in future will be commenting on the<br />

latest developments in the editorial for <strong>WIR</strong> readers.<br />

“Today, we are already seeing ropeways<br />

gaining popularity worldwide as an effi cient<br />

and attractive mobility solution. <strong>WIR</strong> Magazine<br />

provides us with a platform for reporting<br />

to our readers on projects and developments<br />

that our employees are involved with on a<br />

day-to-day basis.”<br />

Thomas Pichler, Executive Director,<br />

Doppelmayr Holding SE<br />

“The future holds a lot of exciting new topics<br />

for our Group. Tackling these together with<br />

our employees and the companies belonging<br />

to the Group, and also being able to<br />

report on them in <strong>WIR</strong> Magazine will be a<br />

fantastic challenge.”<br />

István Szalai, Executive Director,<br />

Doppelmayr Holding SE

4 Facts & Figures<br />

Record year for the Stoos funicular<br />

In its first complete business year since reopening,<br />

the Stoos funicular has posted a true<br />

record performance. From May 2018 through<br />

April <strong>2019</strong>, more passengers were carried than<br />

ever before. The Stoosbahnen Group profited<br />

2018/19 FISCAL YEAR FOR<br />

THE STOOSBAHN<strong>EN</strong> GROUP<br />

from the innovative funicular as a visitor magnet<br />

above all for summer tourism. Visitor numbers<br />

more than doubled in the warmer months of<br />

the year in comparison with the previous year.<br />

Due to the fact that the Stoos funicular was<br />

opened in 2017, the winter was already a<br />

strong season the previous year and remained<br />

so in 2018/19. The world’s steepest funicular<br />

railway is a feat of engineering that is extremely<br />

popular with guests and offers a sensational<br />

ride experience.<br />

40.6%<br />

increase in passengers<br />

carried over<br />

previous year<br />

48.4%<br />

increase in passenger<br />

revenues over<br />

previous year<br />

Total revenues<br />

14.7 million<br />

francs<br />

• First-time visitors in summer: 298,442 (+113%)<br />

• First-time visitors in winter: 260,806 (+1%)<br />

• Headcount: 142, of which 62 full time<br />

(+12 over previous year)<br />

Swiss record in rope transport<br />

The impressive transport<br />

operation can be viewed<br />

on this video<br />

The rope manufacturer FATZER AG – whose<br />

products include ropes for ropeway installations<br />

– is well-known for its logistical feats. The<br />

Dimensions per rope:<br />

• 6,940 meters long<br />

• 132 tons in weight<br />

Total truck convoy per rope:<br />

• 65 meters long<br />

• 212 tons in weight<br />

• 1,580 PS<br />

If the 153 individual wires of two of the fullylocked<br />

track ropes were laid end to end, it<br />

would be possible to encircle Switzerland’s<br />

national border.<br />

transport operation required for the track ropes<br />

of the new tricable gondola lift Grindelwald<br />

Grund – Eigergletscher nonetheless put all<br />

others in the shade. Each of the four track<br />

ropes has dimensions that are unprecedented<br />

for a Swiss ropeway. In August <strong>2019</strong>, three of<br />

these heavy transports were performed; the<br />

fourth and last track rope was brought to<br />

Grindelwald in early November. In each case,<br />

a specular 132 tons of rope was maneuvered<br />

along winding, narrow mountain roads and<br />

over bridges that are only designed to take<br />

72 tons. The solution after three years of planning<br />

involved splitting the net load onto three<br />

trucks, costly conversion measures on the<br />

vehicles and a lot of time.<br />

Correction<br />

<strong>WIR</strong> issue 208<br />

The last <strong>WIR</strong> Magazine – issue 208 – contained<br />

an error on page 17. The featured<br />

reversible aerial tramway Salins-Cungieri-<br />

Cuolm da Vi is a project commissioned by<br />

Bergbahnen Disentis AG. SEMLORE was<br />

stated in error. We apologize for this mistake.

Facts & Figures<br />

5<br />

Record sales revenues in<br />

the 2018/<strong>2019</strong> business year<br />

Latin America<br />

Rest of World<br />

12%<br />

Austria,<br />

Germany<br />

Headcount<br />

development worldwide<br />

up to 2018/<strong>2019</strong><br />

2,378<br />

2,452<br />

2,546<br />

17%<br />

2,673<br />

19%<br />

2,720<br />

Consolidated Revenues<br />

by Region 2018/<strong>2019</strong><br />

17%<br />

2,933<br />

3,081<br />

9%<br />

1,544 AUT<br />

6%<br />

Asia<br />

CIS,<br />

CEE<br />

2%<br />

Middle<br />

East<br />

18%<br />

USA, Canada<br />

Switzerland,<br />

France,<br />

Italy<br />

+ 10.5 %<br />

Revenue Development<br />

2012/2013<br />

2013/2014<br />

2014/2015<br />

2015/2016<br />

2016/2017<br />

2017/2018<br />

2018/<strong>2019</strong><br />

Doppelmayr Holding SE again posted an increase<br />

in revenues in the last fi scal, up 10.5 percent<br />

at 935 million euros. This was attributable<br />

to the high level of investment on the part of<br />

customers in the winter sector, major projects<br />

in material transport and the dedication of over<br />

3,000 employees worldwide.<br />

Urban solutions<br />

Urban ropeways in Latin America were another<br />

contributing factor to the excellent results. La<br />

Paz (Bolivia) saw the completion of the tenth<br />

line in the world’s biggest urban ropeway<br />

network, and Bogotá (Colombia) also recently<br />

acquired a sustainable aerial ropeway solution<br />

to supplement the city’s passenger transport<br />

amenities. Work is already going ahead on the<br />

next urban ropeway solution in Mexico City<br />

(report on page 22).<br />

Digital future<br />

In addition, the Group demonstrated its leading<br />

position with regard to technology and innovation<br />

with new products and digital developments<br />

in fiscal 2018/<strong>2019</strong>. The new cabin<br />

models ATRIA for tricable gondola lifts and<br />

OMEGA V for monocable gondola lifts point<br />

the way in terms of comfort and technology.<br />

Flexible styling options and digital features are<br />

visionary for ropeway operators and passengers<br />

alike – entirely in line with the SMART<br />

Ropeway strategy, the digital future envisaged<br />

by Doppelmayr/Garaventa.<br />

Check out the<br />

SMART Ropeway<br />

video here:

6<br />

Year-Round Tourism<br />

365 days on the mountain<br />

– the trend toward<br />

year-round tourism<br />

Classic winter destinations are increasingly creating offers for the warmer months<br />

of the year. The trend toward year-round tourism is clearly noticeable. Experiences<br />

of the natural surroundings and on the mountain – outdoor activities like hiking,<br />

climbing and testing your skills in bike parks – are growing in popularity. As a<br />

comfortable, resource-efficient means of transport to these areas, ropeways fulfill<br />

an important function when it comes to enabling visitors to experience mountains<br />

and regions all year round.

Year-Round Tourism 7<br />

F<br />

or many years, the winter season was<br />

the main sales driver for Alpine tourist<br />

destinations. Today, a large number of<br />

regions are also increasingly relying on attractive<br />

offers for their guests in the summer. Yearround<br />

tourism are the magic words. Ropeway<br />

operators and tourist regions have recognized<br />

this potential. Today’s guests want to actively<br />

enjoy nature – both in the winter and in the<br />

warmer months. The fun element plays a decisive<br />

role here. The possibilities are no longer<br />

limited to skiing and hiking; countless new offers<br />

have been created for families and adventure<br />

seekers. The spectrum of activities is<br />

huge: from the forest slide park to bike parks,<br />

via ferratas and zip lines or summer toboggan<br />

runs – they all need to be reached quickly and<br />

comfortably. This is where ropeways have a<br />

central role to play as a means of transport.<br />

Creating mountain experiences<br />

Creative ideas for staging alpine experiences<br />

are in demand today – and the ride up the<br />

mountain is already a part of it. The hospitality

8<br />

Year-Round Tourism<br />

industry has long since made the switch to<br />

year-round tourism and places the emphasis<br />

on sustainability. Having the opportunity to<br />

enjoy regional dishes in an authentic environment<br />

is growing in popularity. The fact that<br />

ropeways themselves are increasingly being<br />

regarded as points of interest and developing<br />

into visitor magnets is borne out by many examples<br />

that Doppelmayr/Garaventa has completed<br />

over the years. The Stoos funicular in<br />

Switzerland – which is the steepest funicular<br />

railway in the world and an engineering masterpiece<br />

– has attracted countless visitors to the<br />

region since 2017. Interest in the spectacular<br />

trip up to the vacation destination Stoos at<br />

1,300 meters is enormous. In the second summer<br />

following its opening, visitor numbers had<br />

already more than doubled. The ride on the<br />

Grande Motte reversible aerial tramway to the<br />

French commune of Tignes in the heart of the<br />

Alps is also an absolute highlight for passengers.<br />

The tram, which was built by Doppelmayr/<br />

Garaventa as part of a complete rebuild in<br />

winter 2018, boasts a special feature. The<br />

cabins are fitted with an open-air roof deck, a<br />

viewing terrace. Visitors can enjoy a trip to the<br />

glacier on the “cabriolet tram” (derived from<br />

the French word for leaping into the air).<br />

Sustainability as key factor<br />

Experts see sustainability as a key topic – particularly<br />

for the positive development of summer<br />

tourism. Today’s guest increasingly takes<br />

this aspect into account when selecting a travel<br />

destination. According to a survey by<br />

Austria’s environment agency, summer vacations<br />

in the country’s mountains rank among<br />

the most climate-friendly forms of travel. “The<br />

resource-efficient operation of ropeways and<br />

the high utilization of renewable energy are<br />

major contributing factors here,” says Hannes<br />

Parth, deputy chairman of the Austrian Cable<br />

Car Trade Association. 1 The use of ropeways<br />

to access the mountains is a gentle form of<br />

tourism development.<br />

Travel for all<br />

The innovations and developments in ropeway<br />

1<br />

Cf. https://www.wko.at/Content.Node/kampagnen/Sommerbergbahnen/optimistische-aussichten-fuer-sommerurlaub-in-oesterreich.html, 10/23/<strong>2019</strong>, 12:50 hrs.

Year-Round Tourism<br />

9<br />

technology give today’s passengers extremely<br />

wide and highly comfortable mobility. Thanks<br />

to Doppelmayr/Garaventa’s integrative approach<br />

– maximum accessibility – barrier-free<br />

design is now a standard feature of ropeways.<br />

Today, people with limited mobility, such as<br />

seniors or families with baby strollers, have no<br />

obstacles to face when it comes to enjoying<br />

the mountain experience. Spacious cabins,<br />

level access and wide cabin doors make the<br />

ride easy for everybody. At the same time,<br />

systems developed by Doppelmayr/Garaventa<br />

for carrying sports equipment like the Bike<br />

Clip open up entirely new perspectives for<br />

mountain sports enthusiasts. In the German<br />

resort of Willingen, for example, mountain bikers<br />

can find everything their hearts desire. The<br />

Köhlerhagen K1 chairlift is fitted with Bike<br />

Clips, ensuring a fast and effortless uphill trip<br />

for bikers. With a few simple hand movements,<br />

the bike is attached to the Bike Clip and removed<br />

at the top station.<br />

The company Input also makes a significant<br />

contribution toward the goal of the “mountain<br />

experience for all”. For the past two decades,<br />

the Doppelmayr subsidiary has been developing<br />

individual, nature-themed year-round attractions<br />

for tourist destinations. As a pioneer in this<br />

sector, Input has implemented such concepts<br />

as the “Adventure Mountain Hochjoch” for the<br />

Silvretta Montafon ski area in Vorarlberg, which<br />

is geared to the summer months. An interactive<br />

playground designed to promote motor skills<br />

enables children to learn elements of mountaineering<br />

such as balance, walking on unsteady<br />

ground and climbing (report on page 16).<br />

Ropeways are an important lever for yearround<br />

tourism and a driver for its success. They<br />

are ecologically and economically adapted in<br />

line with the needs of the tourist regions. They<br />

represent more than merely a means of uphill<br />

transport as they open up greater freedom by<br />

providing barrier-free access and are themselves<br />

part of the experience.

10 Interview<br />

A new dimension in comfort<br />

<strong>WIR</strong> spoke with Norbert Karlsböck, CEO, Gletscherbahnen Kaprun AG and<br />

Günther Brennsteiner, Technical Director, Gletscherbahnen Kaprun AG.<br />

<strong>WIR</strong>. The K-ONNECTION has been a<br />

dream for generations and now it has finally<br />

become a reality. What is the significance of<br />

the project for the Kitzsteinhorn region and<br />

Gletscherbahnen Kaprun?<br />

Norbert Karlsböck: With the new<br />

K-ONNECTION, we are bringing together<br />

what belongs together. It links up the center<br />

of Kaprun, the Maiskogel family mountain and<br />

the snow-sure glacier ski area to form one<br />

fascinating unit. Since the development of<br />

Austria’s first glacier ski area on the Kitzsteinhorn<br />

in 1965, this has been our biggest<br />

project and a momentous step for Gletscherbahnen<br />

Kaprun AG and the entire Zell am See-<br />

Kaprun region.<br />

<strong>WIR</strong>. The Kitzsteinhorn attracts visitors all<br />

year round. What role does the new link play<br />

in terms of the offer for guests?<br />

Norbert Karlsböck: Since November 30,<br />

<strong>2019</strong>, Salzburg’s first tricable gondola lift, the<br />

3K K-onnection, has linked up two Kaprun ski<br />

mountains. This means that, for the first time,<br />

we can now offer our guests an entirely new<br />

dimension in comfort with a ski-in, ski-out option<br />

for the glacier. From the center of the village<br />

up to the TOP OF SALZBURG at 3,029<br />

meters with up to six lifts, the 3K K-onnection<br />

has not only created the longest ropeway axis<br />

in the Eastern Alps but at 2,261 meters also<br />

climbs the greatest vertical rise.<br />

<strong>WIR</strong>. The opening of the tricable gondola<br />

lift marks a milestone in the development of<br />

the region. What can guests look forward to in<br />

the future? Are there any plans already on the<br />

table?<br />

Norbert Karlsböck: The impressive<br />

4.3-kilometer ride on the 3K K-onnection offers<br />

a stunning panorama stretching from the<br />

Großglockner in the south to the Zellersee<br />

and the Watzmann in the north. Even in the<br />

winter, national park rangers provide a weekly<br />

guided tour to experience nature in four<br />

climate zones, from the valley to the perpetual<br />

ice, in the two specially designed and<br />

equipped Explorer cabins. The new ropeway<br />

axis provides a series of additional offers that<br />

will strengthen our position as a top yearround<br />

Alpine destination in the future.<br />

<strong>WIR</strong>. The 3K K-onnection is the first tricable<br />

gondola lift in Salzburg. What are the<br />

technical benefits of using this system on the<br />

Kitzsteinhorn?<br />

Günther Brennsteiner: The 3K K-onnection<br />

is used to cross steep terrain and link two ski<br />

areas. It was only possible to accomplish the<br />

large rope spans with the 3S system. The high<br />

travel speed of 8 m/s and the transport capacity<br />

of 2,700 PPH make it possible to provide<br />

a fast, nine-minute connection between the<br />

two mountains.<br />

One particular technical advantage is the<br />

enormous stability of the installation. The tworope<br />

“track” along which the cabins run and<br />

the central haul rope, along with the high selfweight<br />

of the cabins themselves, ensure that<br />

availability remains stable, even in high winds.<br />

The new connection means that we now have<br />

a second ropeway providing access to the<br />

glacier ski area in addition to the existing<br />

Gletscherjet line.<br />

<strong>WIR</strong>. The groundbreaking ceremony for the<br />

tricable gondola lift was in April 2018. What was<br />

your experience of the implementation phase?<br />

Were there any special challenges?<br />

Günther Brennsteiner: The planning, the<br />

complex structural engineering, the special<br />

types of construction required and the site<br />

management all created a level of complexity<br />

and uniqueness that meant constant challenges<br />

for all the planners, site managers, contractors<br />

and the Kitzsteinhorn team. Installing the<br />

ropeway equipment in the stations and on the<br />

five towers with heights up to 94 meters<br />

was particularly demanding. The most striking<br />

challenges were certainly the rope transports<br />

and the rope installation work up to the splicing<br />

of the haul rope. It took five special transports<br />

from Romanshorn/Switzerland up to the Maiskogel<br />

in Kaprun to deliver the five ropes, each<br />

weighing around 110 tons. As far as that was<br />

concerned, we really have to express our thanks<br />

and appreciation for the constructive collaboration<br />

of the entire Doppelmayr, Garaventa<br />

and CWA team, all the planners and contractors<br />

involved with the construction and all their<br />

employees.<br />

<strong>WIR</strong>. The ATRIA cabin makes the 3K K-onnection<br />

one of the most cutting-edge ropeway<br />

installations of this season. What are the benefits<br />

of the technical equipment incorporated<br />

in the installation in daily operations, both for<br />

the ropeway crew and for the guests?<br />

Günther Brennsteiner: The new control<br />

system Doppelmayr Connect gives our team<br />

a high level of user friendliness, which is ultimately<br />

aimed at achieving availability with as<br />

few restrictions as possible. With the new<br />

ATRIA cabins, we’re offering our guests an<br />

absolute ride sensation as well as unprecedented<br />

comfort and first-class design. All 32<br />

cabins have Wi-Fi access.<br />

<strong>WIR</strong>. Many thanks for the interview.

© Kitzsteinhorn<br />

The tricable gondola to a glacier paradise<br />

32-TGD 3K K-onnection | Kaprun, Salzburg (AUT)<br />

Gletscherbahnen Kaprun AG<br />

4,310 m 405 m 2,711 PPH 8.0 m/s 9.0 min 32 32-passenger ATRIA cabins 11/<strong>2019</strong><br />

The centerpiece of the link between Kaprun<br />

the Kitzsteinhorn, already dreamed of by several<br />

generations, is a topfl ight tricable gondola<br />

lift from Doppelmayr/Garaventa.<br />

Skiing enjoyment without limits awaits visitors<br />

to the Kitzsteinhorn in Austria’s Kaprun region.<br />

Since the <strong>2019</strong>/2020 winter season, a ski-in,<br />

ski-out option has been available for the glacier.<br />

The reason for this is the new ropeway<br />

connection from the center of Kaprun to the<br />

Kitzsteinhorn glacier ski area via the family ski<br />

resort Maiskogel. A new tricable gondola lift<br />

from Doppelmayr/Garaventa is the centerpiece<br />

of this link that goes under the name of<br />

K-ONNECTION. Salzburg’s first 3S lift is 4.3<br />

kilometers long and offers unprecedented<br />

comfort during the nine-minute trip. This is the<br />

first installation worldwide to incorporate the<br />

very latest 3S cabin – the ATRIA.<br />

Modularity, which was a major focus during<br />

the development of this cabin, enables individual<br />

styling and flexible seating concepts. As a<br />

result, the 3K K-onnection is equipped with<br />

two very special carriers. Thanks to their styling<br />

options and generously sized panorama<br />

windows, the two Explorer cabins provide the<br />

opportunity for a unique experience of the impressive<br />

landscape in the Hohe Tauern national<br />

park. Guests enjoy Wi-Fi access throughout<br />

the trip.<br />

Drive technology for maximum availability<br />

Top availability was an essential criterion when<br />

developing the drive concept. The drive system<br />

of the new 3S installation on the Kitzsteinhorn<br />

therefore comprises two connected Doppelmayr<br />

Sector Drives (DSD). As well as meeting this<br />

specific requirement, the system is also part of<br />

the recovery concept, which ensures that the<br />

cabins can always be returned to the station in<br />

a rescue scenario.<br />

New developments for the ropeway crew<br />

The 3K K-onnection sets benchmarks in comfort<br />

not only for the guests but also for the<br />

ropeway crew. The lift is equipped with the<br />

Doppelmayr Connect control system and features<br />

a completely new station concept for<br />

tricable gondola lifts, which more than satisfi es<br />

modern operating requirements. The accessibility<br />

and maintenance friendliness of the 3S<br />

assemblies and components have been signifi -<br />

cantly enhanced. That simplifi es maintenance<br />

work for the ropeway crew and increases the<br />

service life of the ropeway.<br />

Doppelmayr/Garaventa is setting new benchmarks<br />

for tricable gondola lifts with the 3K<br />

K-onnection.<br />

View the Kitzsteinhorn<br />

video here:<br />

If you would like to fi nd out more about the<br />

Hohe Tauern national park and the impressive<br />

peaks around the Kitzsteinhorn, an EXPLORER<br />

TOUR is highly recommended. Every Tuesday<br />

from December 31, <strong>2019</strong> through April 14,<br />

2020, national park rangers accompany the<br />

participants on a two-hour tour through four<br />

climate zones in two specially equipped Explorer<br />

cabins. They explain the world of stunning<br />

peaks, natural winter phenomena and the<br />

fascinating world of the high mountains of the<br />

adjacent Hohe Tauern national park.

Always on track<br />

The RPD Nexo System is a further development of the Doppelmayr/Garaventa<br />

rope position monitoring system. It detects a deviation of the rope from the sheave<br />

groove at an early stage and is totally reliable, even under the most adverse weather<br />

conditions. This latest innovation brings a host of benefits in daily operations and<br />

ensures maximum availability of the ropeway installation.<br />

I<br />

n 1999, Doppelmayr brought a fail-safe<br />

system onto the market, which monitors<br />

the position of the haul rope directly on<br />

the sheave assemblies and therefore significantly<br />

reduces the risk of deropement. To<br />

this day, the Rope Position Detection (RPD)<br />

system remains the unrivaled safety standard<br />

for ropeways.<br />

In <strong>2019</strong>, Doppelmayr/Garaventa launched a<br />

completely new development: the RPD Nexo<br />

system. The company’s 20-year experience<br />

of daily use worldwide is reflected in the<br />

development of the next generation for rope<br />

position monitoring. The result is an innovative<br />

product that considerably simplifies the daily<br />

work routine for ropeway operating personnel.<br />

“Comprehensive diagnostic functions plus<br />

very straightforward accessibility and maintenance<br />

are the hallmarks of the new system.<br />

Above all, however, it is more resilient to environmental<br />

influences of all kinds,” stresses<br />

Daniel Pfeifer, head of electrical engineering<br />

at Doppelmayr/Garaventa. The RPD Nexo system<br />

can withstand humidity, rain, ice, snow<br />

and hail. It is equally impervious to lightning<br />

strikes in the proximity of the installation, to<br />

shock and vibrations, rope grease or lubricants.<br />

Ambient temperatures of between -40 °C<br />

and +50 °C are no problem. The system is<br />

suitable for universal use: one sensor for all<br />

rope sheaves, sheave assembly types and<br />

rope diameters. It can also be retrofitted to<br />

existing ropeway installations.<br />

Diagnostic functions using<br />

Doppelmayr Connect<br />

The RPD Nexo System works with noncontact<br />

sensors and a fail-safe bus system<br />

from tower to tower. Any deviation of the rope –<br />

as a result of wind, tracking errors or worn parts<br />

– is immediately identified by the sensor. The

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Benefits:<br />

Early detection of a rope deviation<br />

Resilient to environmental<br />

infl uences of all kinds<br />

Automatic slowing or stopping of<br />

the ropeway<br />

Increased availability of the ropeway<br />

Lightens the workload for ropeway personnel<br />

Ambient temperatures<br />

between -40 °C and +50 °C<br />

Humidity, rain, snow, ice, hail<br />

Shock and vibrations<br />

Lightning strikes in the vicinity<br />

of the ropeway or tower, or into<br />

the haul rope<br />

UV radiation from the sun<br />

Chemically active substances such<br />

as rope grease or lubricants<br />

View the RPD Nexo<br />

system video here:<br />

ropeway is then automatically slowed down<br />

or stopped – depending on the severity of the<br />

rope deviation.<br />

Reports from the system can be viewed<br />

on the display of the Doppelmayr Connect<br />

control system in the control room. Error<br />

sources are pinpointed by showing the affected<br />

tower and sensor numbers. Sensors are<br />

quickly and simply replaced when necessary –<br />

thanks also to the well-conceived and reliable<br />

plug connectors. In addition to the automatic<br />

diagnostic functions on the ropeway control<br />

system, a diagnostic device can be connected<br />

directly to each terminal box in the area of the<br />

tower base or the tower yoke.<br />

SMART Ropeway<br />

Overall, use of the RPD Nexo system brings<br />

many benefi ts for the day-to-day running of<br />

a ropeway installation. “It guarantees absolute<br />

operational efficiency and top availability for<br />

ropeway operators and maximum safety for<br />

passengers,” says Daniel Pfeifer. This innovation<br />

marks another step in the direction of<br />

increasing digitalization in the ropeway industry<br />

– entirely in line with the SMART Ropeway<br />

strategy.<br />

The RPD Nexo system ensures greater<br />

efficiency in daily operations for our new<br />

6-seater chairlift Lumberjack Shuttle. It’s<br />

absolutely reliable and its high resilience<br />

sets the system apart.<br />

Maintaining the system is<br />

also entirely straightforward.<br />

Ferdinand Huttegger,<br />

Operations Manager,<br />

Shuttleberg<br />

GmbH & Co KG

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The fastest chairlift in Ischgl-Samnaun<br />

6-CLD-B Velilleck F1 | Ischgl, Tyrol (AUT)<br />

Silvrettaseilbahn AG<br />

1,948 m 572 m 2,400 PPH 6.0 m/s 5.9 min 79 6-seater chairs 12/<strong>2019</strong> D-Line<br />

The new Velilleck lift in the Silvretta Arena<br />

brings guests up to the Pardatschgrat in comfort<br />

and in record time.<br />

The design of the new 6-seater chairlift “Velilleck<br />

F1” provides a perfect fit with Ischgl’s<br />

corporate identity. From the stations and chairs<br />

to the bullwheels, the installation features a<br />

striking black-and-red fi nish – as in the case of<br />

the Palinkopf and Gampen lifts. In addition to<br />

its attractive design, the Velilleck lift stands out<br />

for its comfort and low-noise operation – the<br />

typical hallmarks of a D-Line installation. Ergonomically<br />

shaped individual seats along with<br />

bubbles and seat heating make the six-minute<br />

trip from the bottom station at 2,048 m up to the<br />

top station on the Pardatschgrat at 2,620 m a<br />

particularly enjoyable experience. In addition,<br />

the locking system ensures a high degree of<br />

safety as the restraining bars remain locked<br />

during the trip. The backs of the chairs feature<br />

examples of local fl ora.<br />

The Velilleck lift has a good reason for including<br />

“F1” in its name, alluding to Formula 1:<br />

With a speed of 6 m/s, it is currently the fastest<br />

chairlift in the entire ski area.<br />

Special design features<br />

The high mountain location and its geology<br />

called for a series of technical refinements.<br />

The foundation of the top station, for example,<br />

can be vertically adjusted to compensate for<br />

ground movement. The Doppelmayr engineers<br />

also designed some of the towers to allow for<br />

angular adjustment – in the event that the<br />

tower foundations develop a minor tilt over the<br />

years. All in all, the 6-seater Velilleck F1 chairlift<br />

boasts a number of features that make the<br />

installation unique worldwide.<br />

The fourth D-Line generation chairlift in the<br />

Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun went into service<br />

on schedule for the start of the <strong>2019</strong>/20<br />

winter season. Top passenger comfort and<br />

quiet operation make the Velilleck lift a fi rstclass<br />

installation both for our guests and<br />

for our team. We would like to express our<br />

thanks for the excellent<br />

cooperation and are<br />

looking forward to more<br />

exciting projects in the<br />

future. DI (FH) Markus<br />

Walser, Board Member,<br />

Silvrettaseilbahn AG

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Switzerland’s first 8-seater D-Line chairlift<br />

8-CLD-B Visnitz N2 | Samnaun, Graubünden (CHE)<br />

Bergbahnen Samnaun AG<br />

1,208 m 372 m 3,500 PPH 5.0 m/s 4.5 min 67 8-seater chairs 12/<strong>2019</strong> D-Line<br />

As from this winter, visitors to Samnaun get<br />

to enjoy an impressive new ropeway from<br />

Doppelmayr/Garaventa.<br />

The new D-Line 8-seater chairlift “Visnitz N2”<br />

acts as a feeder to the Alp Bella sector of the ski<br />

area in Samnaun. With a capacity of 3,500 passengers<br />

an hour, it impressively fulfi lls its purpose,<br />

which is to carry as many winter sports<br />

enthusiasts as possible from the Alp Trida at<br />

2,261 m up to just below the Visnitzkopf at<br />

2,633 m within a short time. This installation<br />

replaces a quad chairlift that had carried some<br />

24 million guests since it first opened in 1994.<br />

With the new 8-seater chairlift, it is possible to<br />

carry around 900 more passengers on an<br />

hourly basis. Some of the lift’s 13 tubular towers<br />

have been equipped with what is known as<br />

a sliding foundation. In the event of geological<br />

changes in the ground, metal rails incorporated<br />

in the concrete allow the towers to be shifted by<br />

several centimeters.<br />

Comfort and individual design<br />

The Visnitz lift features a black-and-blue finish<br />

in keeping with the corporate design of Bergbahnen<br />

Samnaun. The chairs offer maximum<br />

comfort with an individual seat width of<br />

520 mm. Equipment features include seat<br />

heating, bubbles and a locking system that<br />

keeps the restraining bars locked during the<br />

trip. The mesh banners on the backs of the<br />

chairs tell the story of the village and ski resort<br />

Samnaun in striking images. Each chair is<br />

unique. This makes the Visnitz lift a very good<br />

example of the customizing options that are<br />

available with the D-Line ropeway generation<br />

from Doppelmayr/Garaventa.<br />

Thanks to the outstanding collaboration<br />

with Garaventa, we have succeeded in<br />

creating a lift installation that impresses<br />

with technological innovations and a visual<br />

design that harmonizes perfectly with our ski<br />

area. The 8-seater chairlift has enabled us to<br />

increase our hourly capacity by a striking<br />

900 passengers, which benefi ts our guests<br />

in terms of comfort. Mario Jenal, Executive<br />

Director, Bergbahnen Samnaun AG

© Silvretta Montafon_Stefan Kothner<br />

New boost for Silvretta Montafon<br />

The Doppelmayr subsidiary Input developed<br />

a concept for the Hochjoch area of Silvretta<br />

Montafon in Vorarlberg to enhance its<br />

attractiveness for summer guests.<br />

Montafon in Vorarlberg is well-known for winter<br />

sports and enjoys great popularity among<br />

local visitors as well as guests from around the<br />

world. The Silvretta Montafon ski area offers<br />

spectacular downhill runs and freeride possibilities.<br />

The goal of Silvretta Montafon is to<br />

make the resort with its magnificent mountain<br />

scenery, up to now purely a winter destination,<br />

more attractive for summer tourists and families<br />

by creating additional offers for the warmer<br />

months of the year.<br />

Authentic and relevant to the region<br />

Opened in summer <strong>2019</strong>, the Adventure Mountain<br />

Hochjoch immediately next to the top<br />

station of the Hochjoch tramway is a step in<br />

that direction. Input designed a sustainable,<br />

nature-themed world of experience that relates<br />

to the Montafon region. “The concept is entirely<br />

in tune with Montafon and its stunning mountain<br />

landscape – authentic and honest. There<br />

is a common theme throughout. The new offer<br />

is also perfectly embedded in the existing<br />

infrastructure,” says Input’s managing director<br />

Hannes Triebnik.<br />

The concept features a large number of interactive<br />

stations where children can try things<br />

out and enjoy new experiences. In the motor<br />

skills playground, the youngsters can put their<br />

sense of balance to the test. The bridge<br />

between the climbing rocks gives them their<br />

first experience of thrilling heights. Rocking<br />

stones mimic the kind of unsteady ground you<br />

might encounter when hiking. The stations on<br />

the forces of nature trail teach children about<br />

mountain features in a way that is both fun and<br />

helps them to remember what they have<br />

learned. The one-hour trail is also based on<br />

a very interactive concept. The lake biotope<br />

offers various features to while away the hours<br />

and play. Youngsters can shoot water fountains<br />

into the sky, propel rafts using wave<br />

pumps and enter new sensory worlds on the<br />

barefoot path.<br />

Popular with guests<br />

All in all, an exciting world of experience has<br />

been created with a high fun factor. Martin<br />

Oberhammer, managing director of Silvretta<br />

Montafon, sums up the positive results after<br />

the first summer: “The Adventure Mountain<br />

Hochjoch has been very well received by our<br />

guests and we get a lot of positive feedback.”<br />

Summer tourism on the Hochjoch has received<br />

a fresh boost as a result. As Silvretta Montafon<br />

expands offers of this kind, it will come ever<br />

closer to its goal of becoming a year-round<br />

destination for the mountain experience – and<br />

impress its guests at the same time.

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With high-speed to the top<br />

6/8-CGD Express du Village | Bromont, Québec (CAN)<br />

Bromont, montagne d’expériences<br />

1,283 m 357 m 3,220 PPH 5.0 m/s 4.4 min 18 8-passenger cabins<br />

72 6-passenger chairs 12/2018<br />

In Bromont, Canada, a new ropeway was<br />

built with a lot of passion and effort – to<br />

achieve the best mountain experience for<br />

the guests.<br />

Almost 54 years after the first chairlift was built<br />

in Bromont, Canada, a new era of speed and<br />

comfort has come to the area. The combination<br />

lift “Express du Villa ge” is a 4-seasons<br />

installation that brings skiers to the ski slopes<br />

and offers a comfortable trip to the new lodge<br />

on the mountaintop all year round. The passengers<br />

can choose from 6-seater chairs and<br />

8-seater gondolas – so everyone has the<br />

best ride.<br />

The guests at Bromont enjoy the new improvements<br />

in the resort: optimized slopes, the new<br />

mountaintop lodge, a new customer service<br />

center and of course the new ropeway. The<br />

skiing park in winter, the aqua park in summer<br />

and some action with mountain bikes make<br />

Bromont an attractive destination, only an hour<br />

drive away from Montréal.<br />

Take a look at how this<br />

installation came to life:<br />

The new combination lift is a great addition<br />

to our resort. We are proud of the work that<br />

was accomplished with the Doppelmayr<br />

team. The results are great for<br />

our mountain and our<br />

guests are enjoying the<br />

ride. Benjamin Désourdy,<br />

Directeur, Développement<br />

et projets montagne,<br />

at Bromont, montagne<br />

d'expériences.<br />

Challenge accepted<br />

High-speed does not only apply to the short<br />

travel time for the passengers but also to the<br />

construction phase. There were not even ten<br />

months between signing the contract and<br />

opening the new combination lift – regardless<br />

of the challenging weather conditions. Winter<br />

arrived very early; it was wet, foggy and windy.<br />

The weather could change within minutes. The<br />

whole crew of committed and hardworking<br />

people was the key factor in successfully<br />

finishing the ropeway for the winter season<br />


Biel-Magglingen funicular means<br />

lower running costs<br />

120-FUL Funicular Biel-Magglingen | Biel, Canton Bern, Switzerland (CHE)<br />

Verkehrsbetriebe Biel<br />

1,693 m 442 m 1,050 PPHPD 2 120-passenger cars 08/<strong>2019</strong><br />

The fully rebuilt funicular railway brings<br />

passengers to Magglingen with an integrated<br />

energy storage system, increases availability<br />

and reduces running costs.<br />

In less than five months, between April and<br />

August <strong>2019</strong>, the Biel-Magglingen funicular<br />

underwent a complete rebuild. The energy<br />

storage system used here for the first time<br />

is a pilot project of Frey AG Stans – an innovation<br />

that came about as the result of a<br />

collaboration with the University of Lucerne.<br />

The objective of reducing the power costs<br />

and better utilizing the recovered energy was<br />

accomplished jointly. The energy produced<br />

with a generator can now be stored, making it<br />

available when required. This significantly reduces<br />

the expenditure on energy – as part of<br />

the running costs – because it means that the<br />

funicular draws less power from the mains in<br />

normal operation. In spring 2020, the system<br />

is set to become even more efficient through<br />

the use of an integrated electrical emergency<br />

drive motor. Even in the event of a power<br />

outage, the funicular will then be able to draw<br />

on stored energy, enabling the cars to be<br />

returned to the stations in an emergency<br />

and dispensing with the need to use a diesel<br />

engine. As from next year, a photovoltaic installation<br />

on the roof of the drive station, which is<br />

directly integrated into the energy storage and<br />

management system, will also be contributing<br />

to lower energy consumption.<br />

Garaventa AG was awarded the contract to replace<br />

the funicular's ropeway technology. They<br />

replaced the entire electrical equipment, the<br />

hydraulic systems for service and rail brakes<br />

and the rope drive as well as the haul rope<br />

and the rope sheaves. The complete overhaul<br />

of the car superstructures was performed by<br />

CWA Constructions SA.<br />

"Thanks to the vast experience of Garaventa<br />

and their partners, we now have an ultramodern,<br />

reliable and above all sustainable<br />

funicular," says a well pleased Andreas<br />

Kambli, technical director of the operating<br />


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In harmony with nature and tradition<br />

8-MGD Manzherok Lift 1 | Manzherok, Altai Republic (RUS)<br />

Manzherok LLC<br />

2,516 m 636 m 2,400 PPH 6.0 m/s 8.5 min 82 8-passenger cabins 09/<strong>2019</strong><br />

The gondola lift in the Russian village of<br />

Manzherok is aimed at boosting tourism in<br />

the region.<br />

The Manzherok recreation area has benefited<br />

from a new 8-passenger gondola lift from<br />

Doppelmayr since September <strong>2019</strong>. The lift<br />

operates all year round and is primarily intended<br />

as a new attraction for winter guests. The<br />

trip on the gondola lift up to Mount Malaya<br />

Sinyuha at 1,020 meters takes just eight and<br />

one-half minutes. For passengers using the<br />

chairlift that runs parallel to it, the journey<br />

takes thirty minutes. The new lift has an intermediate<br />

station, which is designed for loading<br />

for the uphill trip and is therefore perfect for<br />

skiers using the adjacent slope. The customer,<br />

Manzherok LLC, attaches great importance to<br />

sustainable use of the area. Construction of<br />

the ropeway installation was therefore conditional<br />

on a caring approach to nature.<br />

Booming tourist area<br />

The Manzherok recreation area has huge potential<br />

for tourism. It lies just 45 kilometers<br />

from Gorno-Altaisk, the capital of Altai Republic<br />

(Russia), and is very popular with both summer<br />

and winter guests thanks to its location in proximity<br />

to Lake Manzherok and Mount Malaya<br />

Sinyuha. Skiers and snowboarders can look<br />

forward to some 60 kilometers of trails for all<br />

levels of ability. Manzherok is also home to the<br />

biggest bike park beyond the Urals, with seven<br />

downhill trails and a total length of 11 kilometers.<br />

There is something for everyone, whether<br />

you are a beginner or a proficient biker. Completion<br />

of the gondola lift marks a first step in<br />

a tourism development plan for the region,<br />

with many more envisaged for the future to<br />

ensure local value creation, jobs and additional<br />

infrastructure.<br />

Check out the video for<br />

impressions of Manzherok<br />

and the construction of the<br />

new gondola lift:<br />

The modern ropeway has entirely fulfilled all<br />

our expectations. In particular, the convennient<br />

operation by tablet makes operating<br />

and maintaining the lift installation easier<br />

for our personnel, and the latest control and<br />

monitoring systems enhance safety. For<br />

the passengers too, the ropeway offers top<br />

comfort irrespective of the weather conditions,<br />

which can vary in our Siberian climate.<br />

Wind, rain, snow and<br />

even frost will now definitely<br />

not keep outdoor<br />

enthusiasts away!<br />

Ivan Morozov, Chairman<br />

of the Board, GLK<br />

Manzherok, AO

© Hofer Wolfgang<br />

First D-Line for South Korea<br />

10-MGD Cheongpung Cable Car | Jecheon, South Korea (KOR)<br />

Cheongpung Ropeway Co., Ltd<br />

2,274 m 357 m 1,500 PPH 5.0 m/s 8.7 min 43 10-passenger cabins <strong>03</strong>/<strong>2019</strong> D-Line<br />

The Cheongpung Cable Car gondola lift<br />

uses cutting-edge ropeway technology to<br />

bring visitors to the Cheongpung region up<br />

to Bibong Mountain.<br />

The South Korean city Jecheon lies in the north<br />

of the province Chungcheongbuck-do and attracts<br />

large numbers of tourists all year round<br />

with its surrounding mountains and lakes as<br />

well as its many points of interest. Since March<br />

<strong>2019</strong>, the gondola lift Cheongpung Cable Car<br />

from Doppelmayr/Garaventa – South Korea’s<br />

first D-Line – has provided visitors with an<br />

easier means of accessing Bibong Mountain<br />

at Cheongpung Lake.<br />

Bottom station as the heart of the installation<br />

The new lift can carry up to 1,500 visitors an<br />

hour up the mountain and the ride takes less<br />

than nine minutes. The breathtaking views,<br />

comfortable cabins and low-noise operation<br />

make the trip a first-class experience. The bot-<br />

tom station is located directly at the popular<br />

Cheongpung Lake and is therefore quick and<br />

easy to reach for guests. The bottom station<br />

accommodates the drive, the parking system<br />

for 43 cabins and several shops. The intelligent<br />

layout concept also enables simple and<br />

time-saving maintenance of the installation.<br />

The impressive ride on the ropeway passes<br />

over several tubular towers – the tallest of<br />

which is around 45 meters high – on its way to<br />

the top station at an elevation of 513 meters.<br />

Once at the top, guests can enjoy the restaurant<br />

and a large viewing platform. Numerous hiking<br />

trails invite them to discover the mountain landscape<br />

around Bibong Mountain.<br />

Completion of the first Doppelmayr D-Line<br />

in South Korea represents a milestone for<br />

us. We can now carry all our guests<br />

in comfort to Bibong<br />

Mountain. Thanks to the<br />

new ropeway, the region<br />

has yet another attraction<br />

to boost its appeal.<br />

Young Rok Oh,<br />

CEO, Cheongpung<br />

Ropeway Co., Ltd.

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Biking and skiing with one chairlift<br />

8-CLD-B Köhlerhagen K1 | Willingen (GER)<br />

Liftgemeinschaft Köhlerhagen GmbH & Co. KG<br />

1,442 m 263 m 3,000 PPH 1,200 PPH 6.0 m/s 4.8 min<br />

60 8-seater chairs 39 8-seater chairs 12/2018<br />

The Köhlerhagen K1 chairlift in Willingen<br />

wows winter sports enthusiasts and mountain<br />

bikers in equal measure.<br />

The first D-Line 8-seater chairlift in Germany<br />

and the longest ski lift in the state of Hessen –<br />

that’s the Köhlerhagen K1. The World Cup<br />

venue Willingen saw the completion of one of<br />

the country’s most cutting-edge ropeways in<br />

time for the 2018/19 winter season.<br />

Seat heating and bubbles in the winter<br />

Winter guests get to enjoy the luxury of the individual<br />

black-and-red comfort seats with seat<br />

heating and bubbles to protect them against<br />

the cold and the snow. The new ropeway<br />

replaces two surface lifts and is part of the<br />

resort’s expansion in skiing amenities. The<br />

Köhlerhagen ski trail has been extended – the<br />

1,600-meter run now leads straight from the<br />

top station in close proximity to the summit<br />

cross on the Ettelsberg down to the bottom<br />

station of the new chairlift.<br />

Bike transport with Bike Clips in the summer<br />

In the summer season, the Köhlerhagen K1 is<br />

transformed into a biker lift. During the warmer<br />

months of the year, the Ettelsberg becomes a<br />

paradise for mountain bikers, with its freeride<br />

and downhill trail. Thanks to the Bike Clips developed<br />

by Doppelmayr, taking a bike along<br />

on the uphill ride is particularly easy. Guests<br />

simply attach their bikes to the Bike Clips on<br />

one chair and take up their seats on the next.<br />

In the top station, the bikes are released from<br />

the Bike Clip with a simple hand movement,<br />

and the downhill fun can begin. Up to five<br />

bikes can be carried per chair. A demo assembly<br />

is provided in front of the bottom station<br />

where bikers can try out the innovative system<br />

for themselves.<br />

No conversion work is required on the lift<br />

between the summer and winter seasons.<br />

Separate chair assemblies are available for<br />

both applications. That makes the switch from<br />

one season to the next and year-round use<br />

very straightforward for the operators. When<br />

developing this solution, Doppelmayr worked<br />

closely with Liftgemeinschaft Köhlerhagen to<br />

provide a custom solution for Willingen and to<br />

optimize the Bike Clip product. The result is a<br />

high-performance chairlift that sets an important<br />

trend for year-round tourism in the sector.<br />

Watch the Köhlerhagen K1<br />

in operation here:<br />

Our fi rst year of operation with the new chairlift<br />

has shown very positive results. Availability<br />

was absolutely top notch<br />

in both the winter and<br />

summer seasons, and the<br />

response from our guests<br />

has been very enthusiastic.<br />

Jörg Wilke, Managing<br />

Director, Liftgemeinschaft<br />


22<br />

News from Around the World<br />

Ropeway mobility for Mexico City<br />

Doppelmayr/Garaventa is to build the first<br />

urban ropeway project featuring the D-Line<br />

ropeway generation in Mexico.<br />

Public transport is a challenge in Mexico City.<br />

Buses, subways and other modes of transport<br />

in the country’s biggest city are used by almost<br />

800 million people a year and up to 5.5 million<br />

on peak days. From 2021, a new mode of<br />

transit will become part of that mix, which literally<br />

towers above all others and will boost<br />

the infrastructure on an entirely new level.<br />

A high-performance ropeway solution from<br />

Doppelmayr/Garaventa will connect the northern<br />

district of Cuautepec to Indios Verde,<br />

one of the city’s major transport hubs. In future,<br />

passengers can look forward to cutting<br />

around 40 minutes from their journey time<br />

while enjoying a quiet, comfortable ride on a<br />

reliable and emission-free ropeway system.<br />

This will be the first D-Line to be used as a<br />

means of urban transport.<br />

The offi cial groundbreaking ceremony for this<br />

ambitious large-scale project was held in<br />

mid-September <strong>2019</strong>. Within just 18 months,<br />

the modern OMEGA V cabins will be gliding<br />

above the city for the first time. The ropeway<br />

line will include six stations and is to be fully<br />

integrated into the existing public transport<br />

network. The new transport level in the sky<br />

will offer an attractive alternative to conventional<br />

modes of transport over a total length<br />

of 9.22 kilometers.

News from Around the World<br />

23<br />

Revival of traditional Zagreb route<br />

What remained a pipe dream for over a<br />

decade is about to become reality: the new<br />

gondola lift up to Sljeme, Zagreb’s local<br />

mountain.<br />

The Croatian capital, Zagreb, is planning a<br />

ropeway from the outskirts of the city up to the<br />

local mountain Sljeme. The project will breathe<br />

new life into a traditional route. There used to<br />

be an installation in the upper section of the<br />

line but it stopped operating over ten years<br />

ago. The idea of building a new lift in the old<br />

location goes back roughly 15 years but is now<br />

finally beginning to take on concrete form. The<br />

installation will be a five-kilometer-long, detachable<br />

10-passenger gondola lift with a total<br />

of four stations and through operation. The first<br />

intermediate station will be used to angle the<br />

route while the second is to house an underground<br />

vault drive that will propel the two rope<br />

loops via a twin-groove bullwheel.<br />

© Arhitektura u bijelom<br />

By street car to the gondola lift<br />

The new ropeway will link up with the public<br />

transport network. The bottom station will be<br />

located next to a street car station, which will<br />

also be modernized as part of the project.<br />

Year-round operation is planned, with the lift<br />

serving day trippers in the summer and also<br />

acting as a feeder to the ski area on Mount<br />

Sljeme in the winter.<br />

This video provides a fi rst<br />

glimpse of the project:<br />

Lünersee tramway to be completely rebuilt<br />

The upgrade of Vorarlberg’s long-established<br />

tram to state of the art is already well<br />

underway.<br />

The Lünersee (Lüner Lake) is regarded as one<br />

of the most picturesque spots in the Vorarlberg<br />

Alps and ranks as a popular destination<br />

for hikers. It can be reached by a ride on the<br />

Lünerseebahn, a single-track reversible aerial<br />

tramway. The installation was originally built in<br />

1959 for the purposes of material transport,<br />

but already began to show its potential as a<br />

passenger tram for summer tourism in the<br />

1960s. The Lünersee tram, which is owned by<br />

the power company illwerke vkw AG, is now<br />

to be thoroughly modernized in line with the<br />

state of the art. This will include replacement<br />

of the ropeway technology and an increase in<br />

load capacity. In future, a new cabin will provide<br />

space for 65 passengers, instead of the<br />

previous 47. The rebuild being carried out by<br />

Doppelmayr/Garaventa also involves a reduction<br />

from two towers to one.<br />

The old tramway has already been completely<br />

dismantled and work on the new installation<br />

is going ahead at full steam. In fall <strong>2019</strong>,<br />

Doppelmayr/Garaventa had already installed<br />

the steelwork and rope saddle in the entrance<br />

hall of the upper terminal and erected the<br />

tower. The next step will be to fit the new drive.<br />

The refurbishment work on the lower terminal<br />

is due to begin in the spring. The opening is<br />

planned for July 2020.<br />

In <strong>2019</strong>, the Lünersee in Vorarlberg was<br />

voted the most picturesque spot in<br />

Austria in the ORF TV program “9 places<br />

– 9 treasures – that’s how beautiful<br />

Austria is”.

Doppelmayr Canada<br />

The North American subsidiary is not only a production location of the<br />

Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group, but also a historic element in the creation of<br />

innovations and world records in Canada.<br />

Canada has been an important market<br />

in the history of the Doppelmayr/Garaventa<br />

Group. Not only was one of the ground stones<br />

for the global market leadership laid here, the<br />

subsidiary is also one out of seven countries<br />

with a production facility that manufactures<br />

ropeway parts for international projects.<br />

1953 marked an important milestone in the history<br />

of Doppelmayr. Back then, the first ski lifts<br />

were sold overseas. They were installed in the<br />

very same year in the Canadian ski resorts at<br />

Mont Gabriel and Mont Plante. This was the<br />

beginning of the international market presence<br />

of Doppelmayr. To pursue business in<br />

Canada, Doppelmayr installed a local agency<br />

in the western part of the country in the early<br />

60s. The head office and production facility<br />

of Doppelmayr Canada were established in<br />

Staint-Jérôme, province of Québec, in 1978.<br />

Since then, the building has grown to nearly<br />

five times its size, reaching about 5,200 m²<br />

on total premises of around 80,000 m² – departments<br />

of engineering, production (mechanical,<br />

welding, machining, assembly, etc.),<br />

quality assurance, customer service, sales,<br />

installation start-up, human resources and<br />

finance have been installed over the years.<br />

Today, Doppelmayr Canada has approximatively<br />

130 employees across Canada in the<br />

provinces of Québec, Ontario and British<br />

Columbia. Their field of expertise is detachable<br />

lifts as well as pulsed gondolas. Since<br />

Canada has two official languages, French<br />

and English, all administration, service and<br />

sales teams are fully bilingual. In close col-

Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group<br />

25<br />

Back in the days, the neighbor<br />

of the Doppelmayr Canada<br />

building was an outdoor drivein<br />

movie theater (Ciné-Parc).<br />

Due to the expansion of the<br />

company, this area was<br />

acquired and is now also part<br />

of the Doppelmayr subsidiary.<br />

laboration with Doppelmayr USA, they service<br />

all North America.<br />

International collaboration<br />

Being part of the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group,<br />

Doppelmayr Canada has contributed to several<br />

international projects and assisted not only<br />

in the production but also in the development<br />

of new products. This involvement includes for<br />

instance the fi rst R&D of the RopeCon ® system<br />

– then known as Aerobande – or manufacturing<br />

parts for Cable Liners in Las Vegas, Toronto,<br />

Oakland and Mexico City as well as for ropeway<br />

projects in South Korea, China and Spain.<br />

World firsts and world records<br />

Mont-Orignal, located in the heart of the<br />

Appalachians and only an hour away from<br />

Québec City, installed the world’s first detachable<br />

6-seater chairlift. The whole idea was born<br />

at a local trade show, where Doppelmayr presented<br />

a new type of chair that had never been<br />

built before: It was two 4-seater chairs that had<br />

been cut and welded together. The customer<br />

was impressed by this product and was the<br />

first to install a detachable 6-seater chairlift.<br />

Also impressive is the 3S gondola lift that was<br />

built for the Olympic Games in 2010 at Whistler<br />

Blackcomb. It crosses the Fitzsimmons Valley<br />

and links the two ski mountains of Whistler and<br />

Blackcomb. Thanks to this convenient connection,<br />

guests can now enjoy both mountains<br />

in one day. With an overall length of 4.4 km,<br />

the rope span of 3,024 m and a maximum<br />

height above ground of 436 m, at the time, the<br />

Peak 2 Peak broke all the records for an aerial<br />

ropeway of its kind.<br />

Change of governance<br />

Following a long and distinguished 31-year career<br />

as chief executive officer at Doppelmayr<br />

Canada, André Lamoureux retired on October<br />

25. Luc Guy, formerly sales and installation<br />

manager, succeeded him as CEO of Doppelmayr<br />

Canada. With over 20 years of experience within<br />

the company, Luc Guy has held several positions<br />

in engineering, sales and lift installation.<br />

Doppelmayr Canada has a very dedicated<br />

team. Our experience, skills and knowhow<br />

will ensure continuity of operations,<br />

continued collaboration<br />

and personalized service<br />

to all customers, as well<br />

as consistent delivery of<br />

high-quality products.<br />

Luc Guy, CEO,<br />

Doppelmayr Canada Ltd.<br />

Doppelmayr Canada Ltd.<br />

Foundation: 1978<br />

Location: St- Jérôme, Province of Québec<br />

Headcount: 130 employees<br />

Main market: Canada (the only ropeway<br />

manufacturer that produces locally)<br />

Activities: Project engineering, sales,<br />

production, assembly, start-up, customer<br />

support, training<br />

Passing on the baton: André Lamoureux (left)<br />

with his successor as CEO, Luc Guy

26<br />

Customer Support<br />

© Skyline Rotorua<br />

Check out a video of<br />

a visit to Skyline Rotorua:<br />

© Skyline Rotorua<br />

Customer support and<br />

service work in New Zealand<br />

8-MGD Skyline Gondola | Rotorua, New Zealand (NZL)<br />

Skyline Enterprises Ltd.<br />

873 m 179 m 2,000 PPH 5.0 m/s 2005<br />

Rotorua, New Zealand, is a popular destination<br />

for tourists and locals alike. A key<br />

attraction for this region is the Skyline<br />

Gondola taking guests up to a renowned<br />

restaurant and extensive recreational facilities<br />

overlooking Lake Rotorua. Along with<br />

being the birthplace of the skyline luge,<br />

the area also plays host to the international<br />

Crankworx mountain bike event each year.<br />

For a 365-day-a-year operation like Skyline<br />

Rotorua, limiting operational downtime is a<br />

priority. This year, a Doppelmayr/Garaventa<br />

service team completed a significant maintenance<br />

works project ensuring reliable operation<br />

for this ropeway into the future. This was<br />

the first shutdown of the installation longer<br />

than a day since the lift was commissioned.<br />

An award-winning tourism operation, Skyline<br />

Rotorua offers a broad range of recreational<br />

experiences all serviced by the 8-seater gondola<br />

from Doppelmayr/Garaventa. The scenic<br />

gondola ride provides breathtaking views over<br />

the lake before delivering guests to the top<br />

station and restaurant where there are many<br />

other activities on offer. For the adventurous,<br />

there is luging, mountain biking, zip lines and<br />

the Skyswing. For those looking for more relaxed<br />

options, there are nature trails, shopping,<br />

wine tasting and dining. The Gondola is<br />

open every day of the year, operating around<br />

5,500 hours annually.<br />

Maintenance completed ahead of schedule<br />

Following the order for the new equipment in<br />

early <strong>2019</strong>, Doppelmayr New Zealand began<br />

the task of planning and organization for this<br />

significant maintenance project. In August<br />

this year, site work commenced. An experienced<br />

local team supported by experts from<br />

the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group worked<br />

tirelessly to complete the significant scope<br />

of work in the limited time period available.<br />

Tasks completed during this work included<br />

a motor and gearbox exchange, frequency<br />

converter upgrade, load testing and commissioning,<br />

bullwheel bearing replacement and<br />

hydraulic system servicing. Following this,<br />

a shortening splice was carried out on the<br />

haul rope. The work program was completed<br />

in only 10 days and the lift returned back to<br />

operation a day ahead of schedule. A great<br />

result for all involved.<br />

As with any shutdown maintenance of this<br />

nature, key factors to a successful outcome<br />

are having the right experience, skills, tools<br />

and technical resources planned and available<br />

ensuring maximum work efficiency. This<br />

is something the Doppelmayr New Zealand<br />

team take seriously and are proud to be able<br />

offer their customers a high level of support<br />

and service.<br />

Doppelmayr and our engineers have<br />

completed all the programmed work safely,<br />

successfully and ahead of schedule which is<br />

absolutely outstanding. Well done to everyone<br />

involved in this challenging project.<br />

Andrew Jensen,<br />

General Manager, Skyline Rotorua

Competition:<br />

Eyes open!<br />

Send us a photo of an original location for<br />

our Doppelmayr/Garaventa calendar and win a<br />

prize 1 . The most original entries will be rewarded<br />

– a brand-new Doppelmayr bag set awaits you.<br />

We shall be publishing the most creative contributions<br />

in the next issues of <strong>WIR</strong>.<br />

Model ropeways from Jägerndorfer<br />

Together with his team, Klaus Jägerndorfer<br />

develops and sells model ropeways – the Jägerndorfer<br />

Collection. These are exact replicas<br />

of original Doppelmayr/Garaventa installations,<br />

which enjoy great popularity. The mini<br />

ropeways can actually be operated. Even the<br />

bubbles, restraining bars and grips work like<br />

their larger counterparts. The new OMEGA V<br />

cabin for the D-Line ropeway generation is<br />

already available as a model. The D-Line chairs<br />

are about to follow. As usual, Jägerndorfer<br />

has attached a great deal of importance to<br />

details – even the logos and the images on<br />

the mesh banners are replicas of the originals<br />

and can be replaced. While previous products<br />

were made entirely of plastic, in the case of<br />

the D-Line models, frames, swivel bearings,<br />

hangers and grips are made of metal. The new<br />

models have been available since the end of<br />

October <strong>2019</strong>. Fans of the ATRIA 3S cabin will<br />

also be pleased to know that work on the replicas<br />

is already well underway.<br />

The entire collection is<br />

included in the new winter<br />

catalog <strong>2019</strong>/2020:<br />

1.<br />

Take a photo of the calendar in the<br />

place where you have put or found it<br />

2.<br />

Describe briefl y where you hung up or<br />

discovered the calendar (city, country,<br />

precise location)<br />

3.<br />

Send everything along with your contact<br />

details to wir@doppelmayr.com<br />

INTERALPIN exhibition<br />

stand wins awards<br />

The Doppelmayr/Garaventa stand was an<br />

eye-catcher at the INTERALPIN <strong>2019</strong> show<br />

thanks to its exceptional design and revealed<br />

a host of special features on closer<br />

inspection. In the “Motion Cube”, for example,<br />

visitors were able to take a virtual ride<br />

on an aerial ropeway, passing over cities,<br />

points of interest and mountain peaks. Many<br />

interactive exhibits invited onlookers to<br />

touch and try out the objects for themselves.<br />

The company can now join the agency<br />

MOJA Design and exhibition stand designers<br />

mac in taking pride at two awards plus<br />

a nomination for various renowned awards.<br />

The German Design Award presented the<br />

exhibition stand first place in the category<br />

“Excellent Architecture”. It was also honored<br />

with the German Designer Club Award Gute<br />

Gestaltung <strong>2019</strong> (good design) in the category<br />

“Spaces”. In the case of the Austrian<br />

Event Award, the jury will not be making<br />

its decision following nomination of the<br />

stand in the category “Exhibitions/Events”<br />

until after we go to press.<br />

EXCELL<strong>EN</strong>T<br />


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SPACES<br />

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give your consent to our internal use of your personal data<br />

for advertising and marketing purposes. The data will not be<br />

passed on to third parties. You may withdraw your consent<br />

to the internal use of your data at any time in writing to the<br />

address wir@doppelmayr.com. Every entrant agrees to the<br />

publication of their full name, place of residence, winner photo<br />

and photo entry of the Doppelmayr/Garaventa calendar on<br />

the Doppelmayr/Garaventa website, on social media channels<br />

and in <strong>WIR</strong> Magazine in the event that they should win the<br />

competition. Winners will be notified in writing. Participation<br />

is free of charge. The jury’s decision is final. Prizes cannot be<br />

redeemed for cash.<br />

Legend<br />

Imprint<br />

Inclined length<br />

Vertical rise<br />

Number of towers<br />

Capacity<br />

Speed<br />

Trip time<br />

Carriers<br />

Opened<br />

D-Line<br />

Max. inclination<br />

Summer operation<br />

Winter operation<br />

Proprietor, editor and publisher: Doppelmayr Seilbahnen<br />

GmbH, Postfach 20, Konrad-Doppelmayr-Straße 1, 6922<br />

Wolfurt, Austria, dm@doppelmayr.com, doppelmayr.com;<br />

text and editing: ikp Vorarlberg GmbH, www.ikp.at; graphics<br />

and layout: KONZETT BR<strong>EN</strong>NDÖRFER, www.agenturkb.com;<br />

photos: Doppelmayr; printing: Thurnher, Rankweil; editorial<br />

policy pursuant to §25 Media Act: up-to-date information for<br />

customers, partners and employees of the Doppelmayr/<br />

Garaventa Group; publication frequency: the magazine is<br />

published three times a year. Reprinting only permitted with<br />

statement of source and explicit written authority; status:<br />

December <strong>2019</strong>; errors and omissions excepted; General<br />

Terms and Conditions apply.<br />


Service & Applications<br />

Mobility & Experience<br />

Advanced Connectivity<br />

Mobility & Experience<br />

Thanks to the SMART Ropeway strategy, a trip on a ropeway is<br />

already a fascinating interactive experience today. In the future,<br />

on-board comfort and mobility are set to move to a new level as<br />

digital offers continue to enhance that experience.<br />

Relations & Reliability<br />

Technology & Innovation<br />

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